Two massive Heavyweights will meet in the Octagon this Saturday when former UFC champion Fabricio Werdum faces former Bellator and M-1 Global champ Alexander Volkov at the O2 Arena in London. Werdum (23-7-1 lifetime, 11-4 UFC) is the –190 favorite at press time after opening at –225; Volkov (29-6 lifetime, 3-0 UFC) has improved from +175 to +155 in early betting.

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Werdum has accomplished everything there is in mixed martial arts. Since making his official debut in 2002, the 40-year-old Brazilian veteran has beaten the likes of Fedor Emelianenko, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Alistair Overeem and Antonio Silva. He took the Heavyweight strap off Cain Velasquez in 2015, but dropped it to Stipe Miocic one year later. Since then, Werdum is 3-1 in the Octagon, most recently defeating Marcin Tybura by unanimous decision last November in Sydney.
Volkov, a 29-year-old Moscow native, joined the pro ranks with M-1 Global in 2009, then fought for Bellator in 2012-15 before returning home to M-1 in 2016. Volkov is three inches taller and 20 pounds heavier than Werdum, but despite three straight UFC victories, Volkov remains outside the Top-10 Heavyweights according to Sherdog, while Werdum checks in at No. 4.

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